The Top Ten Records of 2011, As Voted Upon by Painting Over Silence Readers

>> Thursday, 22 December 2011

First up, many thanks to all Painting over Silence readers who barred their musical souls and submitted lists for judgment this year. They were a pleasure to read, and I’m happy to say I checked out a few albums I overlooked or simply missed.

Second, the winning album completely and utterly obliterated (we’re talking Wings-over-Jets-style) the rest of the competition, with the Grammy-nominated act (hint hint) appearing on around half of the lists while also earning the most first place votes.

Third, there was very little love for Nickelback’s latest album, a record which I’m told is very, er, consistent. Oh, and by very little, I mean none.

Fourth, as with previous years, my personal list was not included in the final tally. That will be revealed tomorrow afternoon and is, now that I think about it, completely different from the one below. In past years, there’s been plenty of overlap, so I’m head-scratchingly surprised.

Fifth, I will not be publishing individual lists; however, please feel free to post your personal top ten under the comments.

And finally, it’s been a banner year at Painting over Silence, and I’d like to thank all the good folk out there for reading and for helping my site place in the top 30 during CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight competition for “Canada’s Best Music Website” earlier this year. You seriously rock the party.

Without further adieu, I present the 2011 Painting over Silence Blog Readers’ poll results, in descending order:

10. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing

9. Wilco - The Whole Love

7. The Black Keys - El Camino (tie)

7. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (tie)

6. Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident

5. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

4. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

3. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

2. Destroyer - Kaputt

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver


Anonymous,  22 December 2011 at 16:57  

Ha ha. Wuss rock.

Anonymous,  22 December 2011 at 17:54  

Oh boy, with a comment like that right off the bat I'd hate to leave my list... I'm a TOTAL wuss. But I am committed to doing better - to being cooler. Now off to listen to that new Blut Aus Nord album.

Jessica,  22 December 2011 at 19:30  

YAY DESTROYER!! No Young Galaxy?

willllllllll,  23 December 2011 at 10:06  

Well following those, er, positive comments, I will say that overall I like the list. There are 4 of my picks listed (whereas only 1 from last years).

Not surprised to see Wilco, Black Keys or RRA on there, but I do think those have been over-rated albums of this last 12 months.

Well deserved winner too.

Interested to see other viewers lists.
I'll boldly restate mine here:

1, PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2, Braids - Native Speaker
3, WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
4, Bon Iver - Bon Iver
5, Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
6, Wild Beasts - Smother
7, Pat Jordache - Future Songs
8, Dirty Beaches - Badlands
9, Destroyer - Kaputt
10, Radiohead - King of Limbs

Shows of the year next?

Young Icelander,  23 December 2011 at 10:36  

1. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
2. Little Dragon- Ritual Union
3. Ohbijou- Metal Meets
4. Wilco- Whole Love
5. Gillian Welch- The Harrow & the Harvest
6. Black Keys- El Camino
7. The Decemberists- The King is Dead
8. Feist- Metals
9. Hayes Carll- KMAG YOYO
10. Emmylou Harris- Hard Bargain

Anonymous,  23 December 2011 at 14:16  

Good lists! What about best songs?

Mykael 23 December 2011 at 14:28  

Will: hoping to publish a best shows post tomorrow.

Anon: best songs on Boxing Day.

Anonymous,  23 December 2011 at 15:27  

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
2. Feist - Metals
3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
4. Destroyer - Kaputt
5. Megafaun - Megafaun
6. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
7. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
8. Gillian Welch - The Harrow and The Harvest
9. The Black Keys - El Camino
10. Hey Rosetta - Seeds
11. David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
12. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
13. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
14. The Roots - Undun
15. Ryan Adams - Ashes and Fire
16. The Cave Singers - No Witch
17. Blitzen Trapper - American Goldwing

Phil,  23 December 2011 at 20:29  

Here are mine. Not a lot of overlap with the masses.

01. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
02. Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some
03. The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
04. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
05. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
06. Cults - Cults
07. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
08. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
09. The Field - Looping State of Mind
10. The Flashbulb - Love As a Dark Highway

jgraff,  27 December 2011 at 12:05  

I would just hurt myself trying to put these in order:

bill callahan apocalypse
paul simon so beautiful...
hayes carll KMAG YOYO
ryan adams ashes and fire
bon iver bon iver
blind pilot we are the tide
anna calvi anna calvi
the roots undun
emmylou harris hard bargain
gillian welch the harrow...
patterns induction
fleet foxes helplessness blues
the streets computers and blues

and what the heck...
anthrax worship music

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